Are you the face of Christmas past? Five photos of bygone festive seasons

Performers from the Sunderland Empire Christmas panto in December 1983 - Jack and the Beanstalk.
Performers from the Sunderland Empire Christmas panto in December 1983 - Jack and the Beanstalk.
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Today we launch a fortnight of festive photo fun – as filmed by the Echo over the decades.

“Whatever the occasion – from ship launches to Christmas festivities – our snappers have captured it on camera,” said archivist Susan Swinney.

Dubmire Primary School Nativity Play in December 1977.

Dubmire Primary School Nativity Play in December 1977.

Today’s pictures includes a Christingle gathering at Moorside Primary School in December 1977, as well as Empire panto performers in 1983.

Also featured is the British Home Stores choir in 1983, Dubmire Primary School Nativity Play in 1977 and a party at Springwell Infants School in 1974.

“I’ve managed to unearth a wide range of Christmas activities from over the decades and really hope they put a smile on people’s faces!” said Susan.

A party for deaf children at Springwell Infants School in December 1974.

A party for deaf children at Springwell Infants School in December 1974.

A Christingle gathering at Moorside Primary School in  December 1977.

A Christingle gathering at Moorside Primary School in December 1977.

The British Homes Stores Choir in December 1983.

The British Homes Stores Choir in December 1983.